Tigers coach White expecting better defense vs. BulldogsPublished 11:28am Thursday, September 12, 2013
Despite a 49-34 victory over Elmore County, Dadeville football coach Richard White wasn’t happy with his team’s performance.
However, White said he expects the team to use that game as a reality check when it faces Holtville Friday.
“Giving up 34 points should have been an eye-opener,” White said. “I think that got their attention. I was not happy with how the defense played, and that’s not the way we do things.”
Additionally, White said the team left some chances on the field versus the Panthers.
“We had the opportunity to make plays the whole ballgame, and we didn’t make those plays,” White said.
However, one thing the Tigers did right was run the ball.
They chewed up nearly 500 yards of rushing offense in the contest.
“I’m still an old-school football coach that likes to grind it out and run the football,” White said.
Holtville employs numerous offensive sets, and the task for Dadeville’s speedy and aggressive defense is to neutralize Holtville’s money plays, White said.
“Holtville runs some spread, they run some Wing-T and they run some of the Notre Dame box,” White said. “We’ve used practice to prepare to take away the best plays from each of their sets. The main thing for us is lining up and being where we are supposed to be.”
The Tigers will look to Tamarcus Russell, D.J. Morgan and Anfernee Jennings to set the tone for the defense.
Each player ranks among the area leaders in tackles so far this season.
Last year, the Tigers’ offense came to play versus Holtville, as then-starting running back C.J. Tolbert paced a 47-20 blitzing in favor of Dadeville.
While Tolbert is now the signal-caller for Dadeville (2-0), he is still dangerous on the ground, as evidenced by a 301 yard and four score effort in the Tigers’ victory last week.
“If we’re running the ball, we’re keeping opposing offenses off the field,” White said.
However, the Tigers will have to go through Holtville and the rest of its schedule without dynamo Cal Jones.
Jones tore his ACL during the Elmore County game and is done for the season.
“He was our backup quarterback, our Wildcat quarterback and our best wide receiver,” White said of Jones. “He is a playmaker, and anytime you lose a playmaker, it hurts. Now we need other guys to step up, take his position and contribute for us.”
Dadeville and Holtville kick off at 7 p.m. at Holtville High School.